Pink Floyd’s artwork for the Wall was prepared on Roger Waters’ kitchen table E! News UK
“The Wall” designer Gerald Scarfe designed the iconic artwork on Roger Waters’ kitchen table.
The artist – who was “bewildered” when the group asked him to come aboard given his work as a political cartoonist – opened up about his work on Pink Floyd’s legendary 1979 rock opera.
He told Uncut magazine: “I had to create all the characters – the wives, the mother, the teacher and all those semi-caricature figures – very quickly because the album was coming out.
“The band was in the south of France and I kept flying to meet them. I actually designed the album cover on Roger’s kitchen table.
“The live show was incredibly ambitious, with my original artwork turned into inflatable puppets. Then we made the movie, which was tough and very difficult.”
Scarfe – whose book ‘The Art of Pink Floyd: The Wall’ is due out on November 11 – admitted despite challenges that the project was “fascinating.”
He explained, “As a virtual artist, ‘The Wall’ was fascinating to me because there was so much to dig and explore.
“All the images had come out of my head. Roger was the initiator, but my drawings were my translations of his visions.
“He had his own opinions, but he accepted what I did. It was really a strange marriage, but we became very close friends.”
And the artist said he was “amazed” that his work has endured the way it has over the past four decades.
He added: “Looking back, I’m amazed that he turned out to be what he has. It’s iconic work and I’m proud that blending my visuals with their sounds seemed to work.
“To this day, I still receive emails and orders from Pink Floyd fans all over the world. “